New Zealand is home to incredibly diverse and unspoiled scenery, unique culture and wildlife, and famously friendly locals, making it undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on earth.
Being Australia’s neighbour, New Zealand is also pleasantly accessible for us, so we think it should be at the top of every Aussies’ travel bucket list for this year.
Things to See and Do
The two islands of this small country offer so much variety, activity, and culture, and are certainly a photographer’s dream location in terms of scenery. Journey through both islands of this great land on the AAT Kings New Zealand Magic Guided Holiday, being exposed to almost every type of natural landscape you can imagine along the way.
Begin your unforgettable journey in Christchurch and witness the incredible rebuild of the city. Sit back and enjoy the unbelievable scenery as you board the iconic TranzAlpine train, one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, as it passes through the Southern Alps.
Discover the gorgeous Haast Pass, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan, and explore the exciting adventure town of Queenstown, choosing from wine tours to jet boat rides.
Take in the enormity and beauty of world-famous Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attraction on a cruise that you will never forget.
Make your way through the exquisite North Island and experience the mighty Huka Falls before arriving in the beautiful Rotorua where you can explore at your own pace, perhaps visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park or the Te Puia thermal reserve. Delve into the captivating culture of the Māori in New Zealand when you visit Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua.
Enjoy the rich traditions and spellbinding stories of the Māori people – made possible through the strong relationships we have forged with Indigenous communities across these diverse islands. Guided holidays let you become immersed in Māori culture, as you feast on a traditional Māori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family. Finish the New Zealand journey of a lifetime in the scenic splendour of the Bay of Islands.
Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and one of the region’s most noted landmarks, the natural arch known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’. As well as falling in love with the friendliness of the local characters and hosts you meet along the way, you are bound to form lifelong friendships with those travelling in your tour group. Spending a lot of time together with strangers may be daunting for some, however past travellers are always eager to talk about the bonds formed and fun had by groups on guided holidays.
It is time to show New Zealand some love; so why not start planning the journey of a lifetime today with AAT Kings!
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